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United States v. Jaramillo-Suarez Case Brief

Summary of United States v. Jaramillo-Suarez, 950 F.2d 1378 (1991)

Facts:  D was accused of cocaine and conspiracy charges and at trial, prosecution presented a pay/owe sheet which was found at an apartment where D frequently visited.  D claims hearsay.

Issue:  Was the pay/owe sheet property admitted?

Holding: Yes

Rationale:  In this case, the pay/owe sheet was not admitted to assert the truth of the statements and transactions listed on this sheet.  But instead, this sheet was instead used as circumstantial evidence of the fact that this sheet was found in an apartment which D frequented and other items belonging to D were found in this same apartment.  Also, the trial court property provided limited instructions to the jury to guard against the risk of unfair prejudice.

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